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2018 Neil Ashmead Grand Tourer Shiraz

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$50 Per Bottle

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RRP $60
750ml

First released from the 2008 vintage, the Grand Tourer Shiraz – a wine named after and produced in honour of Elderton co-founder, Neil Ashmead. Neil, who along with wife Lorraine, established Elderton and was a vital link in creating the Barossa’s currently enjoyed status as one of Australia’s most important viticultural areas. Infectious enthusiasm was one of Neil’s drivers in helping to pioneer the revitalisation of the region from the doom and gloom era of the late 70s and early 1980s.

Neil was a ‘Barossa Road Warrior’ like no other. Driving tirelessly from city to city with a car loaded with wine, doing tastings and dinners with whoever would listen, and generally spruiking the Barossa in a time where people were not really interested in a region that was stereotyped as a fortified producer. It was his love of fast cars that made this pursuit a little easier, thus the unusual choice for the name of this Shiraz. Unfortunately Neil passed away prematurely in 1997, however is succeeded by his two sons – Cameron and Allister, who believe this wine to be a very fitting tribute to an amazing individual who was always willing to push the boundaries of expectations and limitations.

Please note this wine had a cork closure.

Winemakers Comments

Our Neil Ashmead Grand Tourer Shiraz comes from two vineyards, both of which are quite unique in their environment. The Greenock portion was planted in 1980 and is a very different clone to other Shiraz in the area. It ripens earlier and retains a freshness, whilst developing an assertive tannin which balances the new French oak it spends a year in post-fermentation. Our 1954 planted Shiraz in Nuriootpa brings an amazing perfume of blueberry and cassis with a vibrant tannin structure. Post-fermentation, with an element of whole bunch inclusion, these new wines are pressed to allow the last part of fermentation in oak, ensuring integration. In turn the wine remains on lees for an extended time to soften tannins whilst building mid-palate texture. - Jules Ashmead & Brock Harrison

StyleA savoury and textured expression of Barossa Valley Shiraz
ColourVibrant red/black with purple hue
AromaSpicy berry fruits with hints of game and toasty oak
PalateJuicy raspberries and musky stalky note with a persistent savoury line and a velvety tannin to finish layered with fruit power and oak
DrinkDrink now or cellar confidently for 15+ years
VarietyShiraz
Vine Age38 - 78 years
Vintage2018
RegionBarossa - 100% Estate Grown, 80% Greenock, 20% Nuriootpa
MaturationFrench puncheons, 60% new for 22 months including 14 months on gross lees
Alc/Vol14.0%

95 points - Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Real Review

A dark, purplish Barossa shiraz of real style. The nose has intense blackberry, cassis and spice aromas, with oak serving as a perfectly modulated background influence. It's medium-bodied, ripe and intensely flavoured, with deliciously supple mid-palate fruit of excellent flow and length, supported by soft, ripe tannins. Lovely drinking now, but its inherent balance should also underpin some years of bottle age.

95 points - Ray Jordan

This is stylish and medium weight with a delightful elegance and purity. There is nice crisp acid on the finish that adds to its liveliness. It was only matured in French oak with a reasonably high, but not too excessive, new oak component sitting at 60%. The wines has a grainy mouthfeel and is brilliantly bright and beautiful with plummy, spicy red fruit characters. The alcohol is quite low and as a result it is a wine that can be enjoyed young.

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